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Monday, 9 May 2011

Doors in Split, Croatia

A little history about Split and Diocletian's Palace around which the town is built.
Emperor Diocletian was Dalmatia's most outstanding contribution to the Roman empire. When he retired to his birthplace (Salona, near Split) he decided to built this monumental fortified palace.
He began in 295 and for ten years oversaw the quarrying of stone from neighbouring Brac and the construction of his palace. It measures 215m from east to west and the walls are 26m high.  Poised between the classical and the medieval Christian civilisation, Diocletian's Palace is a compendium of all the styles that preceded it.
The palace is now a commercial and residential centre, a development which dates to the 7th century when nearby residents fled to the walled palace to escape invading barbarians. (This is taken from'sPalace.htm)

This one of the older doors in Split, in Diocletian Palace.

Our holiday in Split, Croatia has been a great opportunity to check out beautiful architecture and buy fantastic handmade lace, pottery and art. One of my favourite hobbies is to take photographs of doors. Last year I wrote a blog about Dutch doors in Amsterdam. ( Its a lot less boring than it sounds...honest).

 This very charming grey door is elegant and is my favourite.

 This is a very grand door at least  12 feet tall: imposing!!

 The ornate stone surround on this door stops it from being ordinary, shame it can't stop it from being that yucky green.
 Really double doors are far more imposing than single doors, but again the real show stealer here is the stone surround and coat of arms carved on the pelmet. The planting is obviously due to neglect  I imagine.

 What a fantastic balcony!! The door is not bad either. I love the stone surround and corbels at either side of the step.
very Romeo and Juliet...

 This green is very popular, personally I hate it but these doors can handle the colour, unfortunately the door surround that detracts from the beauty too.

 Love the panels on this door.  But hate the colour.
More improvement needed on the door front in Split, but not bad...seen worse in England.

Need to know what to see in Split?  Sightseeing inSplit starts with the awesome Diocletian's Palace, and its marble streets scattered with Roman ruins. And, you can wander the palace any time of the day or night. Visit this website for all the information you need on how to get to Split and what to do when you get there!

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